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Rare pink grasshopper spotted in Belfast Hills reserve

By Amanda Ferguson

A rare bright pink grasshopper has been spotted at a nature reserve in the Belfast Hills.

The insect was discovered at Slievenacloy near west Belfast on Saturday by an Ulster Wildlife (UW) volunteer.

The grasshopper was recorded at a mini bio-blitz of the site in which UW volunteers and the Belfast Hills Partnership surveyed wildlife. The pink colour comes from a genetic mutation known as erythrism.

A UW spokeswoman said: "The pink is a colour variation and is quite unusual."

Earlier this week independent film-maker Dr Luke Blazejewski, a specialist in urban wildlife, photographed a pink grasshopper in Salford.

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